Discover why antibiotics have become one of the most frequently used medicines. And why their efficiency is threatened by the emergence of superbugs.
- Sir Alexander Fleming discovered the first antibiotic for medical use and named it Penicillin.
- Antibiotics can only kill bacteria, not viruses.
- Bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics.
- Over 150 different antibiotics have been developed to treat disease.
One of the greatest medical discoveries of all time was made in this laboratory, completely by accident.
In 1928, Dr Alexander Fleming had been experimenting with bacteria, when a naturally occurring mould contaminated one of the petri dishes.
Sir Alexander Fleming, Pharmacologist
He observed that the area around the mould had cleared.
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